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Curated research library of TV news clips regarding the NSA, its oversight and privacy issues, 2009-2014

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Primary curation & research: Robin Chin, Internet Archive TV News Researcher; using Internet Archive TV News service.


Keith Alexander
General, Director of the National Security Agency, Chief of the Central Security Service and Commander of the United States Cyber Command.
CSPAN 06/15/2013
Sen. Feinstein “If I may, quickly Senator, it's my understanding you have the metadata, you have the records of what appears on a phone bill. If you want to go to the content, then you have to get a court order, the same thing you would do in a criminal case. You would have to get a court order that would permit you to collect the content of a call. You can ask if that's him if that is right or wrong.” Gen Alexander: “that's correct.”
Mike Rogers
Representative (R-Mich.), Chair, House Select Committee on Intelligence
CNNW 06/16/2013
I can't tell you how strong we need to make this clear. The NSA is not listening to Americans' phone calls, and it is not monitoring their e-mails. If it did, it's illegal. It's breaking the law. >> (Host) right. And it's not recording them either? >> I could go get a warrant on a criminal case, (in answer to host question) yeah, absolutely. (continuing) It's very, very different. I think they think there's this mass surveillance of what you're saying on your phone call and what you're typing in your e-mails. That is just not happening.
Bobby Scott
Representative, Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, Terrorism, Homeland Security & Investigations-Ranking Member
KNTV 06/16/2013
Bobby Scott: If it were limited to terrorism then I think the discussion would go away. It's not limited to terrorism. Once you get the -- once the FBI gets the information, then the question is, who can look at it, what can you do with information? I mean, there's a lot of stuff you can get if you just run through phone calls. I mean, somebody's called an escort service, an aids doctor, a bankruptcy attorney. I mean, there's a lot of stuff that would be interesting to know about somebody. We just had a supreme court case that said if you're
Bob Schieffer
Anchor & Moderator, Face The Nation
KPIX 06/16/2013
I think what we have in Edward Snowden is just a narcissistic young man who has decided he is smarter than the rest of us. I don't know what he is beyond that, but he is no hero. If he has a valid point — and I'm not even sure he does — he would greatly help his cause by voluntarily coming home to face the consequences.
James Risen
NYT National Security Journalist
KNTV 06/16/2013
James Risen: One of the things that really I think concerns people is that you've created something that never existed in American history before, and that is a surveillance state. The infrastructure that, basically using software technology and data mining and eavesdropping, very sophisticated technology to create an infrastructure that a police state would have, and that's what really should concern Americans, because we haven't had a full national debate about the creation of a massive surveillance state and surveillance infrastructure that if we had some radical change in our politics could lead to a police state.
Thomas Drake
NSA whistleblower, NSA Senior Executive, 2001-2009
CURRENT 06/17/2013
(Is there to know at this point about what the NSA does?) I think there is a lot more, I think we've only seen the tip of the iceberg. As I’ve said more than just jokingly, NSA we wiretap the world. This is a vast systemic surveillance system. It is huge, and it's far larger than it's ever been acknowledged before although a number of us have been talking about it for quite some time. It's now coming out the initial contours of how large this really is.
Mark Udall
Senator (D-Colorado) Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
KNTV 06/17/2013
I don't think collecting millions and millions of Americans' phone calls -- now, this is the meta data, this is time, place, to whom you direct the calls -- is making us any safer, and I think it's ultimately, perhaps, a violation of the 4th Amendment. I think we ought to have this debate. I’m going to introduce a bill this week that would narrow the reach of 215 to those who have a link to terrorism.
Barack Obama
KQED 06/17/2013
“What I can say unequivocally is that if you are a US person the NSA cannot listen to your telephone calls and the NSA. cannot target your e-mails.
Barack Obama
KQED 06/17/2013
If you're a US person then NSA is not listening to your phone calls and it's not targeting your e-mails unless it's getting an individualized court order. That’s the existing rule.
Mark Udall
Senator (D-Colorado) Member of Select Committee on Intelligence
MSNBCW 06/17/2013
I think we owe it to the American people to have a fulsome debate in the open about the extent of these programs. You have a law that's been interpreted secretly by a secret court that then issues secret orders to generate a secret program. I just don't think this is an American approach to a world in which -- we have great threats, and my number one goal is to protect the American people, but we can do it in a way that also respects our civil liberties. I have no doubt.
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